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Title: Structural color printing based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption

Abstract

Subwavelength structural color filtering and printing technologies employing plasmonic nanostructures have recently been recognized as an important and beneficial complement to the traditional colorant-based pigmentation. However, the color saturation, brightness and incident angle tolerance of structural color printing need to be improved to meet the application requirement. Here we demonstrate a structural color printing method based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption to improve color performances such as saturation and brightness. Thin-layer perfect absorbers with periodic hole arrays are designed at visible frequencies and the absorption peaks are tuned by simply adjusting the hole size and periodicity. Near perfect light absorption with high quality factors are obtained to realize high-resolution, angle-insensitive plasmonic color printing with high color saturation and brightness. Moreover, the fabricated metasurfaces can be protected with a protective coating for ambient use without degrading performances. The demonstrated structural color printing platform offers great potential for applications ranging from security marking to information storage.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1213403
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; metamaterials; nanophotonics and plasmonics

Citation Formats

Cheng, Fei, Gao, Jie, Luk, Ting S., and Yang, Xiaodong. Structural color printing based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1038/srep11045.
Cheng, Fei, Gao, Jie, Luk, Ting S., & Yang, Xiaodong. Structural color printing based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption. United States. doi:10.1038/srep11045.
Cheng, Fei, Gao, Jie, Luk, Ting S., and Yang, Xiaodong. Fri . "Structural color printing based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption". United States. doi:10.1038/srep11045. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1213403.
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author = {Cheng, Fei and Gao, Jie and Luk, Ting S. and Yang, Xiaodong},
abstractNote = {Subwavelength structural color filtering and printing technologies employing plasmonic nanostructures have recently been recognized as an important and beneficial complement to the traditional colorant-based pigmentation. However, the color saturation, brightness and incident angle tolerance of structural color printing need to be improved to meet the application requirement. Here we demonstrate a structural color printing method based on plasmonic metasurfaces of perfect light absorption to improve color performances such as saturation and brightness. Thin-layer perfect absorbers with periodic hole arrays are designed at visible frequencies and the absorption peaks are tuned by simply adjusting the hole size and periodicity. Near perfect light absorption with high quality factors are obtained to realize high-resolution, angle-insensitive plasmonic color printing with high color saturation and brightness. Moreover, the fabricated metasurfaces can be protected with a protective coating for ambient use without degrading performances. The demonstrated structural color printing platform offers great potential for applications ranging from security marking to information storage.},
doi = {10.1038/srep11045},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {6}
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